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Corporate BuildingAt the City of Farmington Hills, we strive to provide businesses with access to the resources needed to help them grow and prosper. As such, we are happy to set up a meeting with you to discuss all stages of the business lifecycle, from start-up to Fortune 500, and match you with the right program to fuel your growth. We can also invite other partners as well to make the most effective use of your time. 

Resources for Businesses and Communities impacted by COVID-19

The Economic Development Corporation of the City of Farmington Hills has created this collection of business and community information as it relates to COVID-19.  Please share this page with others as you see fit.  We’re frequently updating this information as new resources become available.
 
We understand that each individual business is different and we’re here to assist.  If you have a question, want to share information about your company’s situation, or are in need of resources, please contact Economic Development Director Samantha Seimer by email or (248) 871-2506.

Businesses

State of Michigan Shelter in Place Policy
On March 23, an Executive Order was signed for the State of Michigan that all non-essential businesses must suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life.  Businesses must cease operations until April 13, 2020, or until further notice.  The Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity will answer questions about essential business guidance by calling (517) 512-4197.
 
BUSINESS FINANCIAL RESOURCES

Summary of All Michigan Small Business Administration COVID-19 Relief Programs
 
United States Small Business Association Disaster Loans
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19).  The Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills unable to be paid due to the impact of the disaster.  The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses, and 2.75% for nonprofits with a maximum term of 30 years.  All applications are submitted directly by the business through the SBA website.  There is no cost to apply, and no obligation to take the loan if offered. 
 
For more information on the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and other SBA Programs, click here
 
Emergency Relief Fund Grant
The Emergency Relief Fund Grant is offering one-time grants of up to $5,000 to nonprofit, arts and cultural organizations through the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.  Applications for the grant are due May 1.  The grant can be used to support salaries, fees for artists, and facility costs such as rent and utilities.  Click here to learn more about the application process.
 
MSF Awardee Relief Initiative
The MSF Awardee Relief Initiative program authorizes emergency relief to businesses and community projects that have previously received grants, loans or other forms of economic assistance from the Michigan Strategic Fund.  For more information about temporary relief options, please click here.
 
Tech Startup Stabilization Fund
ID Ventures, with support from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, has launched a fund to help stabilize Michigan startups impacted by COVID-19.  The fund will provide loans and investmentsranging from $20,000 - $100,000.  The business must be headquartered in Michigan and must be in the early stages of technology and innovation.  This includes smaller start-ups that have not been through many rounds of venture funding.  The business must be product oriented and scalable.  For further information about eligibility requirements and application process, please click here.

Michigan Small Business Relief Program
The current loan cycle has ended.  Please check back for updates.
 
Oakland County Stabilization Fund
The current grant cycle has ended.  Please check back for updates.

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
 
Four Steps to Sustain Your Restaurant during COVID-19
Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Senior Business Consultant John Schmitt explores ways to help businesses recover from the pandemic by flexing their creative powers to overcome the situation.  Read the full article here.
 
COVID-19 Small Business Support Webinars On Demand
Human Resources: Communicating with employees, modifying schedules and work locations, and updates on unemployment coverage.
Resources for Sole Proprietors and Freelancers: Addressing the unique challenges that freelancers and sole proprietors face during the pandemic.
What to do Today, Tomorrow, and the Rest of the Week: A clear vision of the path ahead to navigate small business stimulus programs.
Paycheck Protection Program – Loan Forgiveness: If you have applied for the PPP Loan and now have questions about how to calculate the forgiveness amount, check out this webinar.
Get a Grip on Your Cash Flow: Minimize the flow of cash out of your business and maximize the flow coming in.
Cybersecurity:  Learn about the many different cyber scams that have emerged during the pandemic.
 
National Small Business Town Hall
Every Friday, the US Chamber of Commerce hosts a National Small Business Town Hall at noon Eastern Standard Time.  The Town Hall is designed to help guide businesses through the economic pause created by the coronavirus and understand the variety of programs designed to assist businesses. Visit the US Chamber website to register for this week’s town hall series by scrolling down to Resources & Guidance.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA)
Individuals can file for unemployment insurance online through the Michigan Web Account Manager (MiWAM) or call (866) 500-0017. This is the UIA’s system for filing claims and managing your account.  To assist with the influx of claims, people with last names beginning with A – L are asked to apply online Monday, Wednesday or Friday, or by phone Monday and Wednesday.  Those with last names beginning with M – Z are asked to apply online Sunday, Tuesday or Thursday, or by phone Tuesday and Thursday.
 
Please have the following information available to file your claim:

  • Social Security Number
  • Employment information for the past 18 months: employer name and address, first/last day worked/gross earnings
  • Your address, phone number, and date of birth
  • Non-Citizens Alien registration and the expiration date of your work authorization card
  • Driver’s License or State ID

Families First Coronavirus Response Act
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave or expanded family medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.  To learn more about the Department of Labor’s paid leave requirements, click here.
 
SBA Guide for Impacted Businesses
Small businesses are encouraged to keep their employees, customers and themselves healthy.  To learn more, click here.
 
Banking and Tax Payments
If your business has been affected and you are having difficulty meeting your current loan obligations, please contact your bank or credit union to learn ways they can help you.  It is also suggested that you contact your accountant to get the most up to date, accurate information on tax return filing and potential payment extensions that may be available to you.
 
Working from Home Software
Although many businesses and employees are not physically working in the office, there are many ways to connect and continue business smoothly through this turbulent period.  Here are some commonly used software platforms:

Zoom
GoToMeeting
Skype
Slack
Google Meet
Google Hangouts
Ryver
 
Additional Business Resources
Here are some additional helpful resources for your business:
COVID-19 Employee Rights Workplace Poster
Oakland County Workforce Relief & Resources – Job Seekers
Oakland County Business Relief & Resources – Businesses
For more information regarding the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES), click here.

Community

Support Local
Click here to view a list of Farmington Hills restaurants offering takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery options.  If you or someone you know owns a restaurant and would like to be added to this list, please contact Economic Development Director Samantha Seimer  by email or (248) 871-2506.
 

Oakland County Health Division
For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 in Oakland County and preparedness resources, please visit the Oakland County Health Division website.
 
United Way 2-1-1
By calling 2-1-1 you will be connected to free information and referrals for community services available to residents of Farmington Hills and Oakland County.  If you are looking for assistance with utility payments or food assistance, give United Way a call.  For more information, click here.
 
Utility Assistance
DTE: Customers facing financial hardship as a result of the pandemic should contact DTE at 800-477-4747.  They have a variety of flexible payment programs to assist you.
Consumers Energy: Consumers Energy has suspended shutoffs for non-pay and low-income customers through June 1, 2020.  If a customer needs assistance paying their energy bill, please call Consumers Energy at 800-477-5050.
 
Food Resources
Farmington Public Schools is distributing meals to families.  Each package has seven breakfasts and seven lunches.  For more information about meal distribution times, please visit the Farmington Public Schools resource website.
 
State of Michigan Website
For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 in the State of Michigan along with volunteer opportunities and additional guidance for businesses, please visit the State of Michigan Coronavirus website.
 
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City Shares Resources for Impacted Local Businesses

As the coronavirus spreads, local businesses in Farmington Hills are feeling the economic impact as customers stay home and temporary closures are enacted.  Measures that keep people safe also keep them from spending money, with small businesses hit especially hard.

Federal:
CDC Guidance for Businesses and Employers
- CDC hotline 1-800-252-4636
- SBA hotline 1-800-659-2955
- U. S. Small Business Administration SBA Disaster Loan Website

State of Michigan:
Coronavirus Resources for Employers & Workers
Claiming Unemployment Benefits in Michigan – COVID-19 Guide
- Michigan Department of Health and Human Services hotline 1-885-535-6136

Oakland County:
Preventing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-29) – Businesses Toolkit
-    Health Department hotline 1-248-858-1000

Local:
City of Farmington Hills Resource Page
-    The Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce is open during normal business hours answering phone calls and emails.  Meeting rooms are available to members for small meetings involving 10 people or less.  The Chamber will promote special offers from local businesses via email blasts.

For more information about resources for local businesses, contact Economic Development Director Samantha Seimer at 248-871-2506 or sseimer@fhgov.com.

We can connect you with capital, talent, business counseling services, pro bono services, volunteer opportunities, business prospects and more. Below are links to some of our resource partners.
 

Local Resources

City of Farmington Hills
Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce
Oakland County One Stop Shop  
Automation Alley
 

Business  BuildingState Resources

State of Michigan
Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
Michigan Small Business Development Center
Michigan Chamber of Commerce
Michigan Minority Business Development Council
 

Federal Resources

Service Corps of Retired Executives
Economic Development Administration (EDA- US Gov)
Official Business Link to the United States Government
United States Small Business Administration (SBA)
United States Chamber of Commerce